Sunday, June 12, 2016

The delicate art

How does the most common piece of unsolicited parenting advice go? "Knit while the baby sleeps." (Wait, that's not the advice you remember?)

Easier said than done. When the baby is sleeping I'm usually trying to eat or shower or sleep or do mundane household tasks. Or we're on the way from point A to point B - he often sleeps in the pram. Needless to say I haven't done a huge amount of knitting in baby Bean's* first month of life.

*Not his real name.

I hear some people manage to knit while nursing. I'm not sure I'm coordinated enough, but next time I'm using circular needles, I'll give it a try. At the moment my only active project is Elijah on DPNs, and I'm nervous about dropping a DPN point-first into an ear or something. (See aforementioned uncoordinated nature.) I'm onto the second arm, though, so the end is in sight. A small circumference means that even if I only do a few stitches at a time I make noticeable progress.

So that's where I'm at with my knitting. I do browse Ravelry a huge amount during 3 am feeds (and 4, 5, and 6 am etc), queuing and favouriting things I won't have time to make for the next 10 years, but hey!


  1. You do what you gotta do. I would have been able to knit while the firstborn slept because I was able to sleep train her. The younger one? Hell no. I had to carry her all the time for the first, 11 months of her life. However, despite the craziness of learning how to get your rhythm down and what works for the both of you, cheers, darling, to motherhood bliss.

  2. I used to knit while Felicity slept on my chest, she didn't like to be put down so I got a lot done for the first few months! it was a different story once she started crawling though!

  3. Knit whenever you can, but sleep is probably more important!